Ryan Giggs has taken up a punditry role for the ITV team for the remainder of the European Championships.
The 42-year old Manchester United legend is expected to depart from Old Trafford following the appointment of Jose Mourinho. Giggs was assistant to the recently sacked Louis Van Gaal and looks set to follow the Dutch boss out of the club. It is widely reported that Jose Mourinho is most likely to bring in Rui Faria as his deputy. Ryan Giggs was reportedly being prepared by the United hierarchy to eventually take over as club manager but Mourinho’s appointment has seemingly put a spanner in their works.
However according to the Independent, Mourinho hopes that Giggs will stay on and has apparently given him the freedom to name his own role. Giggs can choose to be a part of the staff at any position he wishes except that of assistant manager.
The possibility of Giggs leaving the Red Devils has gained wind as he is set to be a part of the ITV punditry team for the rest of the ongoing Euros in France. United’s pre-season training is scheduled to start next week and it is looking increasingly likely that Giggs may have decided to move on after spending a record 26 years at Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation and was part of the famous Class of ’92 at Manchester United. He made a record 632 league appearances for the club and scored 114 goals. He is also the most decorated British player in history with 34 titles to his name. His accolades are enough to fill several pages of a book. The Welsh speedster was inducted into the English footballing Hall of Fame in 2005 and also received a tribute by the FWA in 2007.
There were strong indicators pointing towards Ryan Giggs’ possible exit and the news of him taking on the job of a football pundit has fueled the speculations even further. It remains to be seen whether he does indeed decide to leave the club he called his home for 26 years.
It might just be time for Giggs to try his hand at managing some other club if he aims to one day, eventually take over the reins of Manchester United.